Dirk Maggs Biography

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Dirk Maggs

Dirk Maggs

BY David Williams


Dirk writes and directs across all media but has won awards and distinction by evolving Radio Drama into 'Audio Movies', combining dynamic scripts, cinematic effects, evocative music and cutting edge technology (he pioneered the use of Dolby Surround in BBC Radio).

He was among the first ever nominees for the Directors Guild Of Great Britain Outstanding Achievement in Radio Award, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester for his work in the dramatic arts.

 

Dirk Maggs Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester

Dirk Maggs

Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester

 

In radio, Dirk's productions have covered all genres; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (author Douglas Adams personally chose Dirk to complete the saga in its original medium), Ben-Hur, Batman, Agatha Christie Mysteries, Spider-Man, Horrible Histories, Superman, The 50th Anniversary Goon Show, An American Werewolf in London, Judge Dredd, and many others. In the year 2004-5 alone Dirk's creative efforts helped add 10 million hits to the BBC website.

Dirk has directed many outstanding artists in often award-winning productions, including Leslie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Laurie, Juliet Stevenson, Jim Broadbent, Maureen Lipman, Johnny Vegas, Patricia Hodge, Jasper Carrott, Alison Steadman, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan.

Dirk recently co-founded Perfectly Normal Productions Ltd (PNP), which will create compelling high quality popular audio drama for delivery to personal digital players and cellphones.

 

Awards

 

2008

Three Agatha Christie Mysteries Audiofile Golden Earphones Award

 

2007

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy US Publishers Association Best Adapted Work

 

2006

The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy Tertiary Phase won the Audie Of The Year.

 

2005


2005 - Nomination for Directors Guild Of Great Britain for Outstanding Achievement In Radio.
2005 MARK TIME LIFE ACHIEVEMENT GRAND MASTER AWARD (The American Society For Science Fiction Audio)

Dirk Maggs with the Mark Time Award

Dirk Maggs with the Mark Time Award


Elected an HONORARY FELLOW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER for Outstanding Contribution To The Dramatic Arts.

 

Dirk Maggs Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester

Dirk Maggs

Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester


2005 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS GRAND AWARD (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy)
AUDIOFILE GOLDEN EARPHONES AWARD (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy)
AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION DRAMA, TV & FILM GOLD AWARD (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy)

2003


2003 SONY BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY (Night Class - Johnny Vegas)

2002


2002 SPOKEN WORD PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION BEST COMEDY AWARD (Goon Again)

2000


2000 SONY BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST DRAMA (Voyage)
2000 TALKIE AWARD FOR BEST USE OF MUSIC (Voyage)

1997


1997 TALKIE AWARD FOR BEST TV/FILM ADAPTATION (An American Werewolf In London)
1997 Nomination for Writers Guild Award, Best Dramatisation (An American Werewolf In London)

1996


1996 TALKIE AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION (Independence Day UK)
1996 Nomination for Writers Guild Award, Best Dramatisation (The Amazing Spider-Man)

1995


1995 TALKIE AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION.
Nomination for 1995 Writers Guild Award for Best Dramatisation (The Amazing Spider-Man)

1993


1993 U.S. PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY SPOKEN WORD AUDIO OF THE YEAR (Superman Lives)

1994


1994 AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION AUDIE AWARD FOR BEST DRAMATISATION (The Adventures Of Superman)

1992


1992 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL GOLD MEDAL FOR BEST COMEDY (Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel)
1992 SONY BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY (The Light Entertainment Show. BBC Radio)

Last Update Sunday, 25 March, 2012 9:50 AM By David Williams

 

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